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this is bbc world news today. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: the moment a parade in venezuela is disrupted by what the president says was an assassination attempt by explosive drone. six people have been arrested. 20 people are confirmed dead after a world war two vintage plane on a sightseeing flight crashes into a swiss mountainside. at least 37 people are now known to have been killed by another earthquake on the indonesian island of lombok — the second to strike in the last week. and it's at the cutting edge of extreme sport. we meet britain's elite competitive wood cutters. hello and welcome to world news today.
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the venezuelan government says six people have been arrested for involvement in an apparent assassination attempt against president nicol s maduro on saturday. the interior minister said the six were part of a group who loaded two drones with explosives and set them off above the presidential stand during a military parade in caracas. venezuela's defense minister has gone on national television to read out a statement from the armed forces expressing "unconditional and unrestricted loyalty to our commander in chief". the united states and colombia have rejected allegations they were involved. katy watson reports. mr maduro‘s speech started off like all the others, a rallying call on state television to support his revolution. and then this happened. the sound cuts off.
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the television pictures continue to roll. at this point, you can hear what sounds like panicked officials trying to protect mr maduro, while in the distance, a small group of soldiers start to move. and then chaos. the broadcast gets cut. from a nearby apartment block, you can see the military parade emptied, the sound of emergency sirens hardly heard above people's screams. anti—riot police move in, shields in hand. mr maduro likes to tell the world that there is order in venezuela. these pictures show otherwise. but within hours, he returned on screen, defiant. translation: i've no doubt that everything points to the right, to the venezuelan ultra—right, in cahoots with the colombian ultra—right, and the colombian president is behind this attack. the colombian government deny any involvement. the aftermath felt chaotic. the secret service, a common sight
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in venezuela, was out in force. but what is missing is the evidence. where are these drones that tried to kill mr maduro? without that, conspiracy theories abound. what people are concerned about is that mr maduro will use these images to justify a further crackdown on his political opponents. katy watson, bbc news. all 20 people on board a vintage aircraft which crashed in the swiss alps late on saturday are now known to have died. swiss police say the junker 52, flown byju air, came down on a remote mountainside in the east of the country. the cause of the crash remains unclear. imogen foulkes reports from berne. the vintage junker 52, dating from 1939, was on a two—day excursion flight from locarno in the south up to zurich in the north.
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it was full, 17 passengers and three crew making the most of the clear summer weatherfor a flight across the alps. but somewhere above the 3,000—metre piz segnas mountain, something went wrong. today, crash investigators revealed their preliminary findings. translation: based on the situation at the crash site, we can say that the aircraft smashed into the ground almost vertically at relatively high speed. the exact cause is still to be investigated. what we can rule out at this point is there wasn't any collision with another aircraft, nor with an obstacle such as a cable. but establishing exactly what happened will take some time. the elderly plane had no black box flight recorder, and the remote alpine location of the crash means there was little radar monitoring. the scene of the accident
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remains closed. the bodies of the victims — 17 from switzerland and three from austria — are still being recovered. imogen foulkes, bbc news, berne. let me bring you the latest on the extreme weather conditions affecting many parts of the world. president trump has declared a major emergency in california as wildfires continue to burn out of control. a seventh person has now been killed and more families are being ordered to leave their homes. by declaring a major disaster the white house opens up access to relief funds. temperatures close to record levels in portugal and spain are posing a serious challenge to firefighters still trying to bring a number of blazes under control. in southern portugal, aircraft have been dropping water to douse forest fires, as temperatures hover above a0 degrees celsius.
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firefighters from the two countries have been worked jointly to contain fires near their shared border. the australian government has announced more aid for farmers as parts of the country suffer the worst dry spell in living memory. the prime minister, malcolm turnbull, says it's important to respond to what he calls "exceptional" circumstances. the extra 140 million dollars brings the total relief to more than a26 million dollars. at least 37 people are now known to have been killed by another earthquake on the indonesian island of lombok — the second to strike within a week. videos uploaded to social media show bird cages swinging from a ceiling in neighbouring bali. people ran onto the streets in lombok as power lines were cut. dozens of people have been injured. the us geological survey said the seven—magnitude tremor struck just ten kilometres underground. 15 people were killed in last week's quake and hundreds of stranded hikers had to be rescued.
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the prime minister of bangladesh, sheikh hasina has urged thousands of students to go home after an eighth day of protests over road safety turned violent. simonjones reports on the unrest in the capital city, dhaka. day eight of the protests. students demanding improvements to road safety, but where the safety of those taking part has been put at risk. men wearing helmets and wielding metal and wooden poles have been attacking protesters, it is not clear who they are but the demonstrators blamed the attacks on supporters of the government. translation: pro-government students attacked us again so we broke the locks of the building and around 50 boys and girls took shelter. then the police and journalists helped us to leave the place. the police fired
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tear gas and used baton is, pro—government students also attacked and roughed up the girls. photographer from the associated press documenting events is beaten as tensions grow. armed men attacked as tensions grow. armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the us envoy on saturday night, she and her tea m envoy on saturday night, she and her team were able to get away unharmed. the us ambassador said nothing could justify the violence against thousands of young people peacefully exercising their democratic rights. police tried to disperse the protesters by adding tear gas, the government wants this to end, the demonstrations began a week ago after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. the city has been brought to a standstill with major roads blocked. students say they wa nt roads blocked. students say they want improved safety measures, more than 4000 people die in road accidents in bangladesh each year. the government insist to campaign has begun to improve road safety but
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protesters say they will not leave until they are satisfied that the man's have been met. the last 24 hours has seen a surge in violent crime in the american city of chicago. more than 40 people have been shot, four of whom have died. police say some of the shootings were targeted and are linked to gang violence. officers say in one shooting alone, in the gresham neighborhood, eight people were wounded. the upsurge in crime has been putting hospital emergency rooms under increased pressure. however the police say that despite the recent violence, murder rates are actually down for 2018. the city of chicago experienced a violent night. incidence of either random or targeted shooting on our streets is an acceptable. far too often we see the devastating effects that illegal guns have in some of oui’ that illegal guns have in some of our communities. they underscore the real problem of violent criminals
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who use illegal guns and some of our communities without the fear of consequences of their actions. what i promise you is that we will not be defeated. i mean i promised the city we will not be defeated, we will not be overrun by that small group, that small element that is committing these reckless acts, we will not, i promise you we will not be defeated. we need more help from ourjudicial system and our federal partners and we are getting it, but we'll not be in this. now when it comes to organ donation, spain leads the world. that's largely because it has an "opt out" system, meaning patients are presumed to consent to organ donation, even if they never registered as a donor. now england plans to follow spain's lead, with ministers saying the proposals would mean an extra 700 lives could be saved every year. our health correspondent catherine burns has the story. she was always bubbly, there, wasn't she? look. hayley—louisejordan‘s parents say she was always fun but liked to plan ahead. so she was in her 20s when she signed up to the nhs organ donor register.
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her family thought nothing of it. she's gorgeous there, isn't she? but when hayley was 32, she had a brain haemorrhage. doctors pronounced her brain—dead and asked her parents about donation. i didn't have no hesitation. we walked hayley to theatre, said goodbye, and ijust kissed her, and ijust said, "go save some lives, hayley". public support for organ donation is high. it is thought about 80% support the idea but only 37% have signed up to become donors. in reality, only a tiny number of deaths are suitable, but the government thinks changing the system could generate hundreds of extra transplants a year. the system for organ donation was overhauled ten years ago with some considerable success. now, for the first time, more than 5000 people have had transplants in the uk over 12 months. last year, just over 1500 people donated organs after their death and that is a record high.
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but still, there are just over 6000 patients on waiting lists for transplants. so under the new system, all adults would automatically be considered as donors unless they actively opt out. in the last year, more than 500,000 people across the uk have officially said no to donation even though so far, only wales has a system where people need to opt out. scotland plans to introduce one, too, and northern ireland has rejected the idea. there just isn't the evidence that this will actually deliver more organs that are in line with the wishes of the donor. and secondly, there is a fear, and we don't know if this is the case or not, that it may change perceptions of donation. rather than being seen as a gift, it could be seen as the state taking organs. so could this mean organs being taken against the wishes of relatives? the government says absolutely not. their views would still be paramount. the reality is what we are trying to do isjust
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make it easier for people to record their wishes. by definition, that will make more organs available. but i will say that still, we will never stop looking to see what else we can do to increase the supply of organs and save more lives. carol says she gets great comfort from knowing her daughter's organs went on to help several sick people. we haven't got hayley, but she's living with... in other people. and they are having a healthy and happy life. catherine burns, bbc news. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: the netherlands hit ireland for six in the hockey world cup — all that and the rest of the day's sport. do we want to take a chance on being
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able to win the war by killing all young men? the invasion began 2am this morning. mr bush like most other people was caught by surprise. we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigour, vitality and enjoyment of life, no other king or queenin enjoyment of life, no other king or queen in british history has lived so queen in british history has lived so long and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed she has achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement, the question now is whether the american board will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc world news today.
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the latest headlines: the venezuelan government says six people have been arrested for involvement in an apparent assassination attempt against president nicolas maduro. leaving aside the political situation in venezuela one of the striking aspects about this story is that the attack appears to have been carried out with drones carrying explosives. let's speak to steve wright, an associate professor in aerospace engineering at the university of west england in bristol. first, it seems quite extraordinary and outlandish birchwood and think about it is it that surprising? i'm afraid not. i have to say when i read the news this morning that this had happened, there were two
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feelings relate, one of the sort of inevitable disappointment, my beautiful drones are being demonised again and also the inevitability really, to be honest in a community in development people all over the world a re in development people all over the world are far too aware inaudible whenever we have something wonderful we will inaudible we are having some slight sound problems, i think you were saying there was an inevitability about this, why is that? is it because they can be operated from far away with little risk to the operator? not really, at the moment there are a lot of limitations as well, really it's the simplicity in the availability of it, the technology
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which makes all these drones so available and so easily accessible is based on mobile whole putted phones, there is no new technology, nobody has developed an anti—gravity machine for example. the technology which can be used in an attack like today you can buy in the shops for a couple of hundred pounds, so it's simple stuff. it does not need state intervention or anything like that, simplya intervention or anything like that, simply a more grassroots organisation could mount an attack like this, but there are defences. we know commercial airlines and air traffic controllers have been struggling with unmanned drones like this. do governments need to set up
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and look at regulation in countries? this has been going on in the background, today is an example of the criminal act the description of them it's often the clueless and the careless that are the biggest problem with drones and interventions so in many ways, the bigger problem is of course the incompetence in the world so it's more in the same way that people die in car crashes every day than die in shootings. the same thing is true here, we are trying to balance all that at the same time. it's fascinating, thank you for enlightening us.
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england's georgia hall has won herfirst major title — the women's british open. hall took the title by 2—shots from thailand's pornanong patlum. phatlum had led fior most of the day but then double boged the 17th. hall — with the home crowd behind her — held her nerve to win in comfort. 0ur golf correspondent iain carter was watching. a fantastic final round, just one dropped shot at the last and it did not matter by then because she had a three stroke advantage going into the final hole. it was a brilliant battle, they were throwing birdies at each other throughout the opening stages of the final round. the key moments came on the 15th and 16th, georgia hall hit an amazing second
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shot into the par—5/16 which set up an almost eagle but the tap in for the birdie. the 16th again, another birdie pied going piling the pressure on her opponent who bogeyed 17 and that is why she was able to ta ke 17 and that is why she was able to take the cushion down the final hole. she becomes only the first british woman to win and major championship and will make the third to win this british open since it had major status. i cannot believe the amount of support i've had the la st the amount of support i've had the last four days, they have been amazing and helped me finish these la st amazing and helped me finish these last four days i always wanted to hole putts for them because they ke pt hole putts for them because they kept cheering so loud and saying come on it's amazing to have the support. it's come atjust the right time, this is a nice little platform for you to build on, to achieve great things and i think your potential is really something
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significant in the women's game of golf. the netherlands have won their eighth hockey world cup title. they dominated a one—sided final beating ireland 6—0. netherlands — the defending champions against the second lowest ranked team — always threatened to be a non—contest but despite their defeat — the green army has made history. jo currie was there. they set a relentless pace early on and the irish were outclassed throughout the whole of the match, the dutch finding himself 4—0 up by half—time, adding another two in the second half was the irish did not register a single shot on goal. 6—0 is the biggest ever victory in a world cup final, along the way the dutch have scored 35 goals in their six matches. they dominated the competition, all the other favourites such as england, new zealand, australia and argentina fell away along the way but tonight they will be celebrating a record
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eighth world title. they are the defending champions once again. manchester city have won the fa community shield for the fifth time after comfortably beating chelsea 2—0 at wembley. both goals from sergio aguero means the argentine becomes the first player to score more than 200 goals for city. so pep guardiola's side this season as they ended the last, winning — this their third trophy in six months. a teacherfrom ohio has become the first american rower to complete a solo jurney across the north atlantic. bryce carlson spent 38 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes at sea before arriving in the isles of scilly off the english coast. the biology teacher left canada on june 27th on his six metre vessel. he's waiting official confirmation that he's beaten the previous record for a west to east solo crossing by two weeks. that's all the sport for now.
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sawing wood and chopping logs may not strike you as the most obvious basis for a thrilling sporting contest — but the elite athletes competing at this weekend's british timbersports championships would beg to differ. mike bushell has been to blenheim palace in 0xfordshire to find out more — and obviously don't try this at home! it is at the cutting edge of extreme sport, and dangerous and painful if you make the slightest of slips. it is physically exerting on the body. your legs, core, chest, arms, everything. stand to your timber. three, two, one, go! stand to your timber is the cry in a sport in which you require the swing of a top golfer and the strength of a rugby union prop forward. all the power comes from the legs...
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to find that great sporting athlete is not necessarily from an arbor culture or a forest or farming background. and it's those athletes who can excel across all the disciplines with saw and axe who this weekend at blenheim palace will be picked for the british team world championships this autumn. maybe not quite a chip off the old blockjust yet and in contrast, the top competitors in the world heading to the uk the first time this october may have to be separated in the sprint events by the equivalent of var. it can be that close. and going for glory there will be a building contractor from north wales. it's hard to explain, really. you've got to imagine there is a bit of a golfer's swing. it's not how big and strong you are but it's a lot to do with the timing. everything has to connect together and it's got to deliver it all into the block of wood. full straight, 0k?
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rotate your hips, like you're dancing. once you can dance, you're 0k. all the woodcut cut—off is recycled and please, don't try this on your own. you have to learn properly at your nearest axe club. well done, mate. about half an hour later! the audience have long gone, and there is the prize. before we go, here's something you don't see very often on a busy london street — a tropical snake eating a pigeon in broad daylight on the pavement the snake — thought to be an abandoned boa constrictor was found in south london this weekend. an animal welfare charity has since taken the snake to a wildlife centre and is appealing for information about the incident. thank you and goodbye. hello.
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by the end of this weekend, there is a change on the way for many, but in the short—term, there is more of the same. the best of the sunshine today across england and wales, where, for many, there was barely a cloud in the sky. by contrast, much more cloud again for scotland and northern ireland, particularly for the west of scotland, where at times we have seen some patchy rain and that is because we have a frontal system towards the north—west of the uk and that will continue to slowly sink its way south and eastwards tonight and into tomorrow. high pressure maintaining its dominance across much of england and wales, it is staying dry, very warm, if not hot here. 0vernight that band of cloud and rain across northern ireland and scotland will continue, we will see some mist and some low cloud developing across wales and south west england, clearer skies elsewhere and then a muggy night with lows generally between 13 and 16 degrees. the mist and low cloud across england and wales tomorrow. it will disperse, plenty of sunshine once again, the further east that you go. still some cloud for northern ireland and scotland, some patchy rain for a time, a few breaks in the cloud,
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the further east you are, later in the afternoon, some of that cloud, moving into parts of northern england where we could see a few spots of rain in the afternoon. the strongest winds for the western isles of scotland, fairly light winds elsewhere and still again another very hot day in east anglia and south—east england, where temperatures are likely to exceed 30 degrees, somewhat cooler and fresher the further north that you are. so going through tomorrow evening and most people will have a dry evening, late spells of sunshine, but still this band of cloud stretching from the south of scotland into parts of the north of england, may be given the odd spot of rain and here is ourfront as we go into tuesday. it is a weakening feature, by the time we get to tuesday, more of a band of cloud, but it is also a dividing line between the warmth and the heat further south which we will hang onto for another day, we will see something fresher further north and eventually that will sink its way south eastwards. for tuesday, we have got our zone of cloud again stretching across southern scotland and parts of north—west england, northern parts of wales, still providing the odd spot of rain through the day but slowly fizzling out. into the north of that, fresher spells of sunshine,
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maybe one or two showers, plenty of sunshine, further south and east, where again temperatures will exceed 32 degrees, some mist and low cloud across south west england, but at times, it will keep things a little bit cooler, but cooler is the trend through the middle of the week and beyond that. heat will start to ease, fresher for all and some of us will see some showers. this is bbc world news, the headlines. venezuela's interior minister says six people he described as "terrorists" have been arrested over an apparent explosive drone attack on the country's president nicolas maduro. the us and colombia have rejected allegations of involvement. swiss police have confirmed the death of 20 people after a world war two vintage plane crashed into a swiss mountainside. the aircraft was carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing flight. violent protests have flared again in the bangladeshi capital, dhaka — leaving at least 50 people injured.
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government supporters clashed with students, who've mounted a week—long protest over road safety.
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